The International Chocolate Salon has named the winners of Fifth Annual Valentine’s Chocolate Awards.
The awards are based on the combined total number of votes received by each entrant from the judging panel, which consists of national and regional magazines, newspaper and blog editors, plus topic experts, local chefs and food gurus.
The award winners below have the honor of displaying and using the Official Award Winner title and award logos, as well as items such as the Award Winner lapel pin, Custom Award Certificates, and logo award merchandise.
The winners, along with product descriptions from the creators, are listed below.
Gold Medal Chocolate
Phillip Ashley Chocolates Love Drunk Hearts
These 13 designer chocolate hearts, inspired by classic cocktails and infused with wine and spirits, feature graffiti art in a heart-shaped luxury gift box.
Panache Chocolatier Belle Fleur
Belle Fleur is a crafted collection of flavors based on florals and fruits.
Silver Medal Chocolate
Kansas City Caramels Valentine's Day Gift Bag
This Valentine's Gift Bag Set includes a 12-piece box of red-inspired flavors for Valentine's: Raspberry Rapture: raspberry caramels dipped in white chocolate; Cherry Crush: cherry caramels dipped in milk chocolate; and Sinful Cinnamon: cinnamon caramels dipped in dark chocolate. Also includes one 6-piece bag of Cherry Caramels with Roasted Almonds, and one 6-piece bag of Proper Caramels.
Hazelnut Hill Bee Mine Marbled Hazelnut Bark
For this special bark, the creators found a bee-themed sprinkle mix to complement diced hazelnuts and high quality couverture chocolate.
Bronze Medal Chocolate
Choceur Chocolate Big Box
The Choceur Chocolate Big Box Assortment has a large selection of different flavored chocolates to share for the Valentine's Day holiday.
Chocolates To Cheer Vegan Indulgence Valentine Delights
Heart shaped vegan chocolates with delicious filling for celebrating Valentine’s Day.
- Love Berries: Delicious real strawberry and raspberry filling encased in heart shell made with fusion of freeze-dried strawberry raspberry couverture.
- Black Forest: Heart-shaped semi-dark chocolate filled with Amarena cherries, capped with creamy white chocolate, topped with candied cherry.
The International Chocolate Salon was founded in 2007 by TasteTV and TCB Cafe Publishing and Media. At that time TasteTV produced the first major artisan and premium chocolate event on the West Coast of North America, the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon. This event was followed by Chocolate Salons in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, as well as other cities. In 2009, the International Chocolate Salon began award competitions focusing on various categories of chocolates and confections.
To this day it is one of the premier international bodies celebrating and honoring artisan and premium chocolates and confections.